Publication Scheme Overview

Introduction

Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, public authorities have to produce a Publication Scheme. The Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) set up a National Team to develop a Model Publication Scheme for all 44 Forces in England, Wales and Northern Ireland to follow. What follows is the legally approved ACPO Model Publication Scheme.

We are committed to delivering an open and transparent service whenever possible and it is our intention to publish information in our Publication Scheme that the public have an interest in viewing. However, as we are committed to protecting the communities we serve, preventing and detecting crime, it must be recognised that certain information, in the public interest should not be disclosed. Information concerning ongoing investigations, investigative methods, intelligence and the use of related operational techniques must be protected. They are central to the maintenance of a safe and just society. In this respect, Gwent Police will, when appropriate, apply reasonable consideration of the exemptions afforded under the Freedom of Information Act, particularly; Section 30 Investigation and proceedings conducted by public authorities, Section 31 Law enforcement and Section 41 Information provided in confidence.

The person responsible for maintaining the Publication Scheme for Gwent Police is the Freedom of Information Officer.

Aim of the Scheme

The aim of the Publication Scheme is to set out:

  • What information Gwent Police publishes or intends to publish as a matter of course
  • How we will publish this information
  • Whether the information will be available free of charge or on payment